Two weeks worth of STORIES
March 25, 2016
Last week there was this, and also this. So we didn’t round up and share stories about conservation with you. What that means is that you have a bumper crop this week! Hope you enjoy…
On Water (including creeks and watersheds):
- Habitat restoration, Bay Trail extension, and debris clean up along the Eastshore State Park.
- Rain fills reservoirs, but California still suffers drought effects.
- El Niño rains dramatically changes landscape of Pacifica Beach.
- Though we love the influx of rain, we do have to look out for its consequences, like this dissolving highway.
- Residents of California’s Tulare County are still relying on water tanks despite the recent heavy rains.
- A vast stretch of pristine watershed land in San Mateo County has San Francisco officials debating when it should be opened further to the public — if at all.
- Biologists with East Bay Regional Parks District and Alameda Creek Alliance are busy searching for threatened steelhead salmon in an East Bay creek.
- New technology attempts to create a bridge between technology and nature with aims to get people outside.
- CaliParks.org combines Instagram and Open Data to get people outside by highlighting the thousands of photos pouring out of California’s parks every day.
On Contracts, Rules, and Lawsuits:
- Healdsburg City Council approved a $163,000 contract to prepare Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve for public access by November 2017.
- The fate of two water agencies will be decided at a hearing in Sacramento.
- The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) has scheduled a total of six public informational meetings on the Proposed Rule for Dog Management in the GGNRA of Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.
- UPDATE: Wednesday night’s meeting in Marin proved that dog lovers do not like the new plan to manage their pets.
- Cattle Grazing in Point Reyes National Seashore is challenged in a lawsuit.
- The future face of the land conservation movement are individuals who are urban, diverse, and want to make the benefits of the outdoors available to all.
- Exposure to nature makes people happy and could cut mental-health inequalities between the rich and poor.
- Hundreds of volunteers planted 32 new trees in San Francisco’s North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods.
- On Saturday March 12th, the public was invited to attend a screening of, “Here and Now,” a critically-acclaimed film highlighting the Amah Mutsun Land Trust and produced by the Bay Area Open Space Council!
- Our annual Open Space Conference will be May 19th in Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion. Register! Apply! Exhibit! Sponsor!